Christopher Nolan brings watchers inside of dreams, inside of dreams, on top of dreams


Aubrie Schneeberger, Contributing Writer

Director Christopher Nolan spent ten years writing the script for the movie Inception, released in 2010. All those years must have included precise attention to detail for Nolan tests us with an astounding maze. Watchers must have confidence that he will lead us through because most of the time I was astray and disoriented. 

Inception is a film that you will be compelled to watch twice or even three times in order to catch all of the details and plot features. This is a movie unaffected by spoilers; knowing how it ends wouldn’t tell you anything without the context. A true “trust the process” movie, Inception will bring you through encompassing layers of reality and dreams; reality within dreams and dreams without reality. 

Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) uses advanced technology to sneak into the minds of others in order to steal their ideas and uncover their secrets. Now, he is selected by a very important billionaire to attempt the contrary; plant an idea into a rival’s mind. This never-done-before job is extremely dangerous and complex but might just be the only thing that will allow Cobb to see his family again. The wealthy man, whose name is Saito (Ken Watanabe), offers to settle Cobb’s fixed exile of his home and children. 

As Cobb assembles his team for the job we see the layout of all well-established heist movies; meeting the team. The people chosen for the job are Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a longtime colleague of Cobb’s, Eames (Tom Hardy), a genius of deception and fraud, Yusuf (Dileep Rao), an astonishing chemist. Lastly, a new recruit, Ariadne (Elliot Page), is a gifted young architect who is a wonder at designing scopes. 

But wait, why would Cobb need an architect to design spaces in dreams? Cobb’s task is the “inception” of a distinct notion into the mind of another young billionaire, Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy), who is the heir to his late father’s company. Saito requires him to introduce ideas that will lead to the submission of his rival corporation. Ariadne needs to create a well-designed maze in Fischer’s mind so that new thoughts can be introduced without being detected. Is it possible for Ariadne to be named after the woman who aided Theseus in his escape from the Minotaur’s labyrinth in Greek mythology?

This film disregards gravity in its architecture. With outstanding special effects the streets tilt, buildings explode, and characters float. Nothing feels overdone, instead, the whole movie is seamless and smooth. The fact that the movie is nearly two and a half hours was daunting to me at first but the time flew by as you are enveloped in this movie. 

Recently, movies appear to all be from the recycling bin; either sequels, remakes, or franchises. Inception is completely new and original. Christopher Nolan leaves his movie up for the viewers to debate. With an ending that my family members and I have been discussing for the longest time, I’m sure that this movie will lead to an endless conversation on the internet for many years to come.